- Class 15
- Practice 30
- Independent work 75
Educational games and gamified learning tools
Lecturers and associates
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the topic of developing specific computer games focused on education. In addition to knowledge about the content and technical needs for creating educational games and gamified learning tools, the focus of the module is understanding the specific method of addressing players who play educational games. Students will learn to develop more complex games and simple gamified learning tools targeted at various age groups, however, the focus will be on school age and the possibility of creating games and learning tools that would add value to school programs.
This module is intended primarily for those students who want to acquire the skill sets related to the jobs of screenwriter, game designer, technical designer, project manager, art director, narrative designer, content designer, level designer, producer, game experience designer, and 2D or 3D concept artist.
The focus of this module is the application of gamification to the education system as a specific genre within the computer game development industry. The skills learned in this module will significantly contribute to the development of the student as a professional in the respective fields.
Students will learn:
• the difference between an educational game, gamified learning tools, and computer games that contain educational content
• methods of applying education in computer games
• about the role of story in educational computer games
• on the role of game mechanics in educational computer games
• about the role and application of certain genres of games for the purpose of creating an educational game
• about the basic methods of teaching through play
• create tasks in computer games that have an educational role
• create gamified learning tools
• gamify educational content
• adequately approach younger ages in an educational way through computer games
• create a quality gaming experience for an educational computer game
• develop ideas about the possibilities of gamification of educational tools.
1. Brown, Hary J. (2008) Videogames and Education (History, Humanities, and New Technology). 1st Edition. Routledge.
Minimal learning outcomes
- Compare the difference between an educational computer game and an ordinary computer game that contains educational content.
- Describe the differences between an educational game and a gamified learning tool.
- Implement the educational content of the computer game through the story of the computer game.
- Analyze different approaches and methods of teaching gamified learning tools.
- Define and create technical challenges of mechanics and puzzles for the playability of an educational game.
- Create a simple gamification system for the target topic of education for an educational computer game.
Preferred learning outcomes
- Analyze the difference between an educational computer game and an ordinary computer game that contains educational content.
- Analyze the differences between an educational game and a gamified learning tool and suggest the best computer game genres for educational game performance.
- Implement the educational content of the computer game through the story and mechanics of the computer game.
- Analyze different approaches and methods of teaching gamified learning tools and define a scoring and evaluation system.
- Define and create technical challenges of mechanics and puzzles for the playability of an educational game and assign a gamified scoring system.
- Create and analyze a gamification system for the target topic of education with the assigned genre of educational computer game.